A pop-up wine bar serving only natural wines has opened in a centuries-old castle in the Alt-Sachsenhausen neighbourhood.

The name ‘Showmanship’ pays homage to 1970s Las Vegas, full of glitter, champagne, homosexuality, bold aftershave, music and dancing, according to the owners. The bar is found inside the only building in Frankfurt with a historical cross vault and a groundwater well dating to the 13th century.

The interior has old masonry, medieval wooden beams and baroque tiles, mixed with modern furniture and random curiosities, including a giant pink stuffed swan. The paint is in pastel blues and pinks, while the castle itself is full of enchanting corners to explore. There are even ruins of a Gothic tower in the courtyard, and terraces perfect to enjoy in the warmer weather.

Showmanship bar, Frankfurt

Photo: Showmanship bar, Frankfurt

While the building embodies a mixture of history and the kitsch, this place is all about the best wines that contain no additives or enzymes. The natural wines are selected by sommelier Christian Lebherz from the Frankfurt wine shop Cool Climate. He knows his winemakers personally, and places great value on winemaking without added chemicals. The wines are said to have freshness, finesse and a satisfying minerality.

This is the first time that a bar in Frankfurt will serve exclusively natural wines, which is a sure-fire way to win over the city’s health conscious and (mostly) clean-living drinkers.

The masterminds behind the concept are the IMA restaurateurs James and David Ardinast, together with the LINDENBERG group. Showmanship will serve carefully curated wines from Cool Climate’s cellars, paired with matching cheeses and charcuterie from the local butcher. There will also be music by guest DJs.

Showmanship pop-up bar can be found at: Paradiesgasse 17, Alt-Sachsenhausen and is open on Thursdays from 19:00 for a year. An additional bar room in the basement is currently being fitted out.

There’s no website as this bar is ‘insider knowledge’ for curious Frankfurters and visitors, but check out IMA and the LINDENBERG group on Facebook for updates.